Michele Magar 
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Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Ms Cooper should immediately resign her position.

As a former award-winning national news reporter who practiced that profession for 14 years, followed by 20 years of practice as a licensed California attorney, I am appalled at Ms. Cooper's attempt to strip her employees of their rights under our Constitution.

Journalists do not give up their rights as citizens in exchange for their press cards.

No journalistic ethics I've ever encountered as a professional journalist or an attorney have even suggested that journalists be barred from civic participation.

I am not just outraged at Ms. Cooper's decision to force her employees to choose between their jobs and their duties as citizens to participate in our democracy, I am also amazed that she assumes her newspaper's readers would expect that Chronicle employees never dare show their face at any type of political gathering, and that doing so should cost them their livelihood.

Ms. Cooper should resign immediately, because she has placed her newspaper's credibility in question. Journalists deserve every single Constitutional right the rest of us enjoy. I simply can no longer trust that Ms. Cooper is not also attempting to censor her employees in ways that the rest of us will never hear about.

At a time where journalists are being attacked by everyone from Ms. Cooper to the White House, we need managing editors who encourage their employees to be good citizens, and who trust their audience to understand that excellence in journalism and participation in our nation's democracy are not mutually exclusive.

Posted by Michele Magar on January 20, 2017.

Posted by Michele Magar on 01/20/2017 at 7:08 PM

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